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Valle d'Aosta

It's ridiculously difficult to farm here with vines that are living in the shadow of the edge of viability, making the prospect of a successful commercial venture even more unlikely, but still here they are. People are making a go of it and continuing to produce unique, expressive wines and hoping that we take notice before the will to do so has moved on. Today more and more of these vineyards are being abandoned as younger generations move away from the land. It's time to change the dynamic. Go out and find a bottle of Donnas Rouge, Arnad-Motjovet, or Chambave for a taste of mountain wine that really is like no other.

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Speaking of off the beaten path grapes from Rioja, the less-well-known Graciano makes really nice reds as well. Usually found in Rioja blends, there are some varietal bottles making their way to the US now. We finished one off last night, from Rio Madre (a label I bet was created just for the US market) and at $10 or so, this is a pleasure-giving bargain.

    May 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

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